Happening on MV, August 16- August 20 (from the Vineyard Gazette)

Kayak & Stand Up Paddle Board Quests

Enjoy Sengekontacket Pond on this self-guided tour. Rhyming “quest” clues (think: treasure hunt!) will help you uncover the story of the pond’s people, places, and wildlife. Single and double kayaks and two SUPs available; call to reserve for up to 2.5 hours; boats and SUPs must be returned by 3:30 p.m. Stop by Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary to take part Monday through Friday.   Felix Neck.  100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown, MA 02539

Cape Pogue Lighthouse Tour
Sit back and enjoy an over-sand vehicle adventure to the remote Cape Pogue Lighthouse. Climb the spiral staircase of the century-old wooden lighthouse and discover intriguing stories of the light keepers who watched over these ocean waters. This tour is great for explorers of all ages! Tours run daily at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (90 min long). Pre-registration strongly recommended as space is limited. Complimentary pick-up is available from The Chappy Ferry for tour participants who pre-register. More dates through October 7, 2017. Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge, Dike Road, Chappaquiddick

MONDAY

Learn About the Solar Eclipse
Join us for a science fair devoted to the eclipse. Features of the event include live streaming of the eclipse from NASA; demonstrations of how an eclipse works, and maps of its path; demonstration of a pinhole camera for eclipse viewing; our weather station will chart changes in temperature, and we’ll measure changes in light during the eclipse; eclipse viewing glasses will be available on the day of the event; Dr. R. Bruce Ward will set up telescopes outside the library for viewing the eclipse.
Monday, August 21 at 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Edgartown Public Library
26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown

Sunset Kayak Tours
Enjoy a breathtaking sunset tour on Sengekontacket Pond. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky while paddling the waters. As the sun sets, see the natural world come to tranquil peace as you float and relish the view.

Times vary, call to see what time they are leaving.
Monday, August 21 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

More dates through September 27, 2017

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown

Board Game Night
Come join the local Board Game Club that meets every Monday night in the upstairs space at The Barn. Anyone is welcome. Board games vary from week to week.
Monday, August 21 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm

More dates through December 18, 2017

Barn, Bowl, & Bistro
13 Uncas Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Vineyard Haven Band Rehersals
All are welcome to join this Island tradition.
Monday, August 21 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

More dates through August 28, 2017

Sailing Camp Park
177 Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs

Built on Stilts Festival
The Built on Stilts Dance Festival is comprised of work by members of the Vineyard Community and professional performing artists from the island and beyond.  Over the years, the event has showcased ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, tap, breakdance, belly-dance, tai chi, movement theater, circus arts, pilates-based dance, mime, improvisation, spoken word, and of course, a bit of stiliting.

Each performance opens with an improvisational drum circle open to all willing musicians.
Monday, August 21 at 8:00pm

Union Chapel
55 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs

MV Concert Series: Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Celebrating 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a musical gumbo™ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
Monday, August 21 at 8:00pm

Old Whaling Church
89 Main Street, Edgartown

7th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest
The stage is set for the 7th annual Martha’s Vineyard Comedy fest, a series of shows supported by HBO (Founding Sponsor), UPTOWN Magazine (National Print & Digital Sponsor), TVOne (National Media Sponsor), and This Week on MV (Local Print & Digital Sponsor).

With an all-star cast of comedians each night, the Fest promises to set a new and higher standard for stand-up comedy.
Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm to 11:00pm

More dates through August 23, 2017

Lola’s Southern Seafood
15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
The Second Hand with Giulia Casalino, Mike Benjamin, Mike Parker and Phil daRosa.
Monday, August 21 at 9:00pm to 12:00am

More dates through September 25, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

TUESDAY

Flea and Fine Arts Market
Jewelry, art, clothing and crafts by Vineyard artists.

Market may close if it rains.
Tuesday, August 22 at 9:30am to 2:00pm

More dates through August 29, 2017

Featherstone Center for the Arts
30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs

Camp Ground Walking Tours
The historic cottages within the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are well-known and well-loved for their unique charm. Don’t miss your chance to join one of the guided walking tours of the MVCMA grounds to step back 160 in history.
Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

More dates through August 31, 2017

Trinity Park Tabernacle
80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs

Trivia Night
With Johnny Showtime. Prizes for first, second and third place winners. Teams can have up to six people.
Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

More dates through August 29, 2017

Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery & Tasting Room
270 Upper Main Street, Edgartown

 

Sounds Like Summer: Music on the Lawn
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish perform their high-energy bluesy rock. Everyone is welcome – rain or shine.
Tuesday, August 22 at 6:30pm

Edgartown Public Library
26 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown

Live Music
With Jon Zeeman.
Tuesday, August 22 at 9:00pm to 12:00am

More dates through August 29, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
Country Night with Red Neck Yacht Club.
Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00pm

More dates through August 29, 2017

The Wharf Pub and Restaurant
3 Main Street, Edgartown

Live Music
With Mike Martin.
Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00pm to 12:00am

More dates through September 5, 2017

The Port Hunter
55 Main Street, Edgartown

WEDNESDAY

Chilmark Flea Market
The oldest outdoor venue on the Island, the Flea has evolved into a market like no other. High-quality handmade items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen, antiques, imports, and vintage finds.
Wednesday, August 23 at 9:00am to 2:00pm

More dates through September 2, 2017

Chilmark Flea Market 142 North Road, Chilmark

West Tisbury Farmers’ Market
Outdoor farmers market features locally grown produce and meat and locally made products.

The market is dedicated to bringing local agricultural products to the people both living on and visiting the Island. The market was started in 1974 by a group of Island growers. That first year they had about a dozen farmers selling their produce.
Wednesday, August 23 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

More dates through October 7, 2017

Grange Hall
1067 State Road, West Tisbury

Brewery Tours
Check out where the beer is made at Offshore Ale.
Wednesday, August 23 at 2:00pm

More dates through August 31, 2017

Offshore Ale Company
30 Kennebec Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Atria Terroir Series: Wines of Burgundy
We’ll close the season with a dinner exploring the wines of Burgundy. It’s a subject that merits a certain expertise, which we’ve found in Peter Wasserman, (back for a second year) whose family has been as the center of Burgundy’s rise to prominence over the last forty years. Mr. Wasserman of Becky Wasserman & Co. is responsible for bringing some of the region’s best example of Pinot noir and Chardonnay into the market.
Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Atria Restaurant
137 Main Street, Edgartown

Sunset Kayak Tours
Enjoy a breathtaking sunset tour on Sengekontacket Pond. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky while paddling the waters. As the sun sets, see the natural world come to tranquil peace as you float and relish the view.

Times vary, call to see what time they are leaving.
Monday, August 21 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

More dates through September 27, 2017

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown

Live Music
With Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.
Wednesday, August 23 at 9:00pm to 12:00am

More dates through September 2, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With the Marotta Brothers.
Wednesday, August 23 at 9:00pm

Lola’s Southern Seafood
15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs

THURSDAY

MV Skate Park Summer Drop-In Program
Through drop-in instruction Monday through Friday kids learn how to perfect a kickflip, ollie, nosegrind and more from some of the Islands best skateboarders. Best for ages 7 to 17.
Tuesday, August 22 at 8:30am to 12:00pm

More dates through August 25, 2017

MV Skate Park 111 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs

Vineyard Artisans Summer Festival
A Vineyard summer tradition and the only weekly juried art show where the public can meet over 70 artisans and buy directly from them.

Many demonstrations, weaving, fine furniture, pottery, stained glass, oil paintings, pastels, mixed media, sculpture, wampum jewelry, quilts, clothing, sea glass windows, handmade books and much more.
Thursday, August 24 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

More dates through September 24, 2017

Grange Hall
1067 State Road, West Tisbury

Shore Safari
Venture over-sand with a Trustees guide on a quest for crabs, shellfish, minnows and more.
This shallow-water discovery tour is geared towards those budding ecologists ages 4 and up.

Pre-registration strongly suggested as space is limited.
Thursday, August 24 at 11:00am to 12:30pm

More dates through August 26, 2017

Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge
Dike Road, Chappaquiddick

Music in the Square
With the Mike Benjamin Band.
Thursday, August 24 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Eisenhauer Gallery
38 North Water Street, Edgartown

Live Music
With the Edbury All-Stars.
Thursday, August 24 at 7:00pm to 10:00pm

More dates through August 31, 2017

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Trivia Night
With host Dan Cassidy. Come have fun, eat and drink, and win big prizes!
Thursday, August 24 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

More dates through December 28, 2017

Barn, Bowl, & Bistro
13 Uncas Avenue, Oak Bluffs

Live Music
With the Mike Benjamin Band.
Thursday, August 24 at 10:00pm to 12:00am

More dates through September 8, 2017

The Port Hunter
55 Main Street, Edgartown

Live Music
With Evan Hall.
Thursday, August 24 at 10:00pm to 12:00am

The Ritz
4 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs


BBQ is Back on the Vineyard

Sea Smoke is bringing Texas-style BBQ to Martha’s Vineyard.  A few years ago, the owner of Smokin’ Bones-the Vineyard’s only BBQ restaurant-passed away and the restaurant closed.  The building remained vacant until this year when the owners of 7A in West Tisbury saw an opportunity to open a new BBQ in the tradition of Texas smoke houses.   In Texas, BBQ joints have “meat pits” where a patron orders delicious meat by weight.  Then you pick from a list of traditional sides like potato salad or mac and cheese.  The process is the same at Sea Smoke.  They have seating inside and out, plus a take-out window.  They also serve beer and wine.  Sea Smoke is located on Dukes County Road in Oak Bluffs, across the street from Tony’s Market.

Best of the Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine crowns the “Best of the Vineyard” every summer, and we want to be on that list.  If you would be so kind as to take a moment and go to this link to vote for Edgartown Commons in the Budget-Friendly and Family-Friendly Lodging categories we’d be ever so thankful.  And perhaps when you join us next summer you’ll see a “Best Of” certificate haning in our lobby!

Local Ingredients

One of the benefits of staying at Edgartown Commons is the fact that our units have kitchens where our guests can try their hand at making dishes with local ingredients.  But where do you find these ingredients?  There are lots of local shops and farm stands to try.   In edgartown, a short drive to the Farm Institute will provide you with grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured chicken and heritage breed duck.  Edgartown Seafood by cannonball park features locally caught seafood.  Black Sheep downtown offers some local cheeses in their inventory.  A new shop in Vineyard Haven called The Larder has meats from a local farm and vegetables and baked goods from the Scottish Bakehouse.  Farm stands exist in every town and the some of the seafood shacks in Menemsha Harbor will cook up a freshly caught lobster to be enjoyed on the dock.

Is Spring Early This Year?

Recent warm temperatures have the Island coming to life a few weeks earlier this year.  Last week we had the first report of the sound of “Pinkletinks.”   What’s a “Pinkletink”?  That’s our word for the swamp frogs who emerge from muddy hibernation around mid-March and begin singing for a mate.   Snow drop flowers have been in bloom for a while now and daffodiles look almost ready to bloom.    Migrating Starlings are very early this year forming roosts in Oak Bluffs just before sunset.  They gather together before starting a nighttime migration which helps them avoid other predatory birds.   But the one true sign of spring is just a few weeks away-the opening of the Dairy Queen in Edgartown.   On opening day, the grammar school will take students on a field trip there to fill up on frozen dairy goodness.   Yup, Spring is just about here.  Have you booked your stay with us yet?

Bay Scallops-Get While You Can

Have you ever tried the amazingly sweet bay scallop?  Unlike their “sea scallop” relative, bay scallops are small and grow in the many salwater ponds around the island and on the east coast.  They’re only harvested in the winter with the season starting in October and running as long as the population will support.  Sometimes that’s just a few weeks, other times a few months.   Many of the fishermen you see working the docks during the summer catching whatever fish is in season switch to scallops at this time of year.  So if you’re dining out and you see bay scallops on the menu, give them a try.  Who knows, maybe they came from Martha’s Vineyard.

Backyard Tacos

Late last season, we were pleasantly surprised to see a new take-out restaurant offering tasty, affordable fare. Backyard Tacos is located in the same building as Smooth Moves on Winter Street. Everything is made there with fresh ingredients. There’s an expanded deck with limited seating outside (hence the name “Backyard”) and they are opened seasonally. We anxiously await their reopening this spring. Plus they are just a short walk from Edgartown Commons. Check them out when you visit!

New Restaurant-Tin Hanger

It’s unusual to have a new restaurant open on the island this time of year.  But Tin Hanger opened just a few weeks ago and the place has been hopping.  It’s located in the building which most recently housed Flatbread, but is more well known as the old “Hot Tin Roof” nightclub.   They subdivided the space and winterized it and gave it a bright new makeover.  We’ve been and the food is terrific.  They say the menu will change but look for brick oven pizza, sandwiches and burgers and a smattering of hearty entrees.  The family who own the restaurant also own the liquor store next door which perhaps explains the great craft brew selection which will rotate through the year.  Prices are on the affordable side.